The Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering (ECpE) Student Advisory Committee (SAC) at Iowa State University is a group of electrical, computer, and software engineering students currently enrolled in an undergraduate EE, CprE, or SE program of study at Iowa State who are interested in the vitality of the ECpE department. The committee acts as a consultant to the ECpE department chair to strengthen the department’s undergraduate academic and outreach programs; improve its facilities usage as it pertains to undergraduate teaching and research; and expand its available support to current students and future alumni. SAC members actively participate in the continual assessment of the department’s progress and the development of policies and activities as they pertain to the undergraduate experience in the department.
SAC members actively assist in recruiting new members, as well. The committee serves at the discretion of the ECpE department chair.
2012-13 Student Advisory Committee
Curtis Ullerich (Chair)
Ullerich is a senior in computer engineering. Ullerich enjoys abstract thinking, which is why he chose this field, as computer engineering frequently requires breaking a problem down to its most basic components. Ullerich has done bioinformatics work with Dr. Julie Dickerson, and has done internships at Telligen, Garmin, and more. This summer he’ll be on the Advanced Information Processing Team at Microsoft. Ullerich is currently collaborating with another engineer on a virtual musical instrument that transposes physical gestures into sound.
Sarah Baugh (Software Engineering SAC Liaison)
Baugh is a senior in the Software Engineering Program. She worked on ERP Software (Dynamics AX) in the Business Solutions department of Microsoft and also worked for Boeing in the Defense Department for the Integrated Test Development Laboratory. At the Boeing campus in St. Louis, she worked on the RNAV system for the FA-18 Fighter Jet. In addition, she worked in Satellite Communications at Rockwell Collins. Baugh participates in Alternative Breaks and is on the International Friendship Council (IFC).
Hogan is a sophomore in electrical engineering. Hogan’s an engineer to learn more about computers on the microelectronic and nano-electronic levels, as well as the role of technology in music production. She loves courses with labs where she can work toward a common goal with a team. In her EE 185 lab last semester, Hogan constructed a program that received a Morse Code signal, recorded the data from the signal, and outputted the English version of the original signal.
Adam Kaas (On co-op with Rockwell Collins)
Kaas is a senior in electrical engineering. Kaas seeks to improve designs on the everyday technology he currently uses. He’s worked on a High Frequency Software team during an internship, and has done work with Rockwell Collins. Kaas is currently working on a Cargo/Transport Systems team on a co-op. Of all Kaas’s accomplishments, he’s most proud of a 4x4x4 LED Cube that he made during his first year at Iowa State.
Ore is a freshman in computer engineering. Ore’s especially interested in programming. She works in IT and will work as an intern for Microsoft this summer. Ore’s college career is just getting started, but by the time she’s ready to graduate, she’ll have plenty of projects to be proud of.
Oswald is a senior in computer engineering. Oswald got into computer engineering because of her love of computer games, taking as many programming courses as she could. Oswald loves the creative problem solving computer engineers have to do. Oswald worked at Rockwell Collins creating an augmented reality manufacturing simulator. Oswald designed a giant video game that used a player’s motions in real life for the character’s motions in the virtual world. Besides making and playing games, Oswald is also a teaching assistant, which lets her help other students as well as keep her basic programming skills sharp.
Tillema is a sophomore in electrical engineering. He decided on an EE major because he describes himself as a creative and technology-focused person. He built an LED chess set with two of his close friends for EE 186 and will intern at Burns and McDonnell this summer. He grew up playing with LEGOs and likes that Coover Hall is full of students pursuing similar interests.
Truman is a senior in electrical engineering, a major he chose to help people. Truman saw how electronic everyday society has become, and he wanted to be a part of solving problems with technology. Truman is currently working on a future lab for an early electrical engineering course designed to show underclassmen the wave forms they’ll have more experience with later in their college careers. Truman’s favorite part of his major is learning about and working with new technologies.